Who Can Explain Your Play, Mother?

by Ramprasad Sen

Who can explain your play, Mother?
What do You take, what give back?
You give and take again.

For You dawn and dusk are the same.
Nothing can stop Your perfect freedom.
You give exactly what’s deserved.

Even Shiva
Under Your feet, forgets
Your great design.

I see what You show me—a stone
Floating on water.
Ramprasad is Your son;
He can see right through those old ploys.

—from Grace and Mercy in Her Wild Hair,  by Leonard Nathan and Clinton Seely

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s